Everyone is special
Logic bomb? Or simple lie?


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Dash: But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.
Helen: Everyone's special, Dash.
Dash: [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is.
The Incredibles

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You've Heard It A Million Times in all types of media and in Real Life- some parent or other authority figure (usually a teacher or babysitter) tells a child in their care that everyone is special. Some will go a little further, by saying "everyone is special in their own way". Typically the child is told this after a bullying situation where someone called them worthless or something similar. There's a problem with this idea, and sometimes the child will spot it, other times not- which creates Fridge Logic for them later on. The problem is, "If everybody is special, then doesn't make "special" the new normal? That means nobody is special, because special and normal are opposites." Whether the child tries to figure it out -encountering a logic bomb in the process- or stops at "Everybody is special, so that means we are all normal (or equal, depending on the way it is said).

See also, Everyone Is a Super.

This is often seen in children's and inspirational movies, books and plays.
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